The star athlete whose spirited efforts propelled Nigeria to second place that was later upgraded to gold medal in the Sydney 2000 4×400 metres men race, Enefiok Udo-Obong, has launched a spirited bid to head the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
The bid was unfolded Sunday afternoon on different media platforms. At about 12.30 pm Nigerian time, he was on a sports programme at Channels Television.
About two hours later, he was on a whatapp “Nigerian-Sports-Mouthpiece created by television journalist, Wale Ajayi, where he answered questions from sports stakeholders.
He announced his presidential bid while it was also understood that another star performer, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is eyeing the vice president position.
The election is slated for June 13 in Abuja. At two minutes past the hour of two in the afternoon, he sent these words to the whatapp platform: “My name is Enefiok Udo-Obong ,,, and I am running for the AFN president.”
He came up with a manifesto that has the acronym Y-E-S to enunciate his programme.
This he explained as Youth Development; Education for coaches, athletes and officials and lastly, Sound Technology. He pointed out that he has been involved in athletics in Nigeria in the past eight years as an observer from close quarters and was not impressed by the happenings.
He said he decided to throw his hat into the ring because most of those jostling to get on board are doing so for personal reasons and he felt it was better for him to go in instead of criticising from the outside. He felt highly qualified for the post of AFN president.